The Other Side of Home

GenEd has created a discussion guide to accompany this compelling 40-minute documentary which explores a Turkish woman’s discovery of her hidden Armenian heritage and the legacy of genocide denial. “The Other Side of Home” is now available to view through public library online streaming services, Kanopy, Hoopla, and Overdrive, using your public library card number (If you don’t have a card, many libraries now accept online library card applications.)

This film tells the poignant story of Maya, a Turkish woman who has recently discovered her great grandmother was a survivor of Turkey’s genocide of Armenians in 1915. Through interviews and visits to key locations in Turkey and Armenia, Maya reveals her struggle to reconcile her dual identity and the damage of generations of official Turkish denial of the genocide. GenEd has created a discussion guide educators can use when showing this film to students.

Filmmaker, Naré Mkrchyan, a special guest at our 2019 workshop hosted by LA County Office of Education, discussed the themes of the film with educators, including the profound impact the Armenian Genocide continues to have on the current generations of the descendants of the Armenian victims and Turkish perpetrators. GenEd can also help schedule a video call with the filmmaker for your students.